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July 01, 2014

“Just take my son to the park, have a little picnic with him. You know he can’t eat that much, but feed him Gerber. As long as I see my son, that’s the best Father’s Day I could ever have.”Joel Ramirez, 17, father in L.A. Fathers Program

Most new fathers will tell you that they didn’t realize what they were getting themselves into. When parenthood is unexpected, young fathers can find themselves feeling very alone. The L.A. Fathers... Continue Reading

June 16, 2014

This month, The White House released an infographic highlighting the changing picture of what it’s like to be a working dad. Balancing work and family is a challenge and all parents – moms and dads alike – face issues with access to paid leave and flexible work places.

How have things been changing?

In 2014 63% of families with children have both parents working – 7% of families with children are father-only families.

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June 12, 2014

Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) needs your help as it implements a Father’s Day Thunderclap. Father’s Day is the one day out of the year that fathers have permission to unplug from the internet, put the lawn mower in the shed, put away the paint brush and turn off the alarm.  Each Father’s Day, dads are granted the freedom enjoy doing nothing without feeling guilty.  They’ve earned it! OFA hopes... Continue Reading

June 06, 2014

Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

As director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA), a program of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, I am pleased to share with you the launch of a new campaign that invites men to play a part in the movement to end domestic violence.

Te Invito, a toolkit... Continue Reading

May 29, 2014

The simplest tasks in life, many times, have the power to connect us with others and affect us the most. For example, finding more healthy affordable food options on a simple trip to the local grocery store can change your family’s diet for years to come.

If you’re a Dad, one of those simple yet powerful tasks is the trip to the barbershop. Whether you call it “getting your ears trimmed” or “getting a line up,” the simple experience of... Continue Reading

May 19, 2014

To some, making data-driven decisions may sound like a disconnected way to make decisions about programs that impact someone’s life. However, as Avis Files with the Keeping It Together Program at Toledo Area Ministries noted, they’re using their data to better understand who they are serving to better strengthen their program, while also building meaningful partnerships in the community.

This Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Highlight... Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Treasury Notes Blog. Read the original here.

As part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to grow the middle class and create opportunity for all Americans, Treasury has been actively working to increase financial access and improve the financial capability of American families by equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed... Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health insurance opportunities to millions of Americans. Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees can play a vital role in helping participants and their family members learn how to enroll and get insured to improve their health and well-being. This is a great opportunity for fathers and young men of color who are disproportionately uninsured.

Many HMRF participants and... Continue Reading

September 24, 2013

Imagine you’re running a fatherhood program. Walking in your door are men with children. With questions, issues, maybe feeling like they’re not good enough. Walking out your door are Dads. Men who are reconnecting with their kids, communicating better with their partners, feeling worthy, and while they still have questions and issues they know where they can find support.

You’re doing great work and you know it – but does anyone else?... Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Understand that if you are on time, you are late!! You must be at least 30 minutes early in order to set the tone for your group.Be ready to welcome your participants as they arrive.  Take the opportunity to observe the body language of the group before the session begins.  Remember that body language tells you about the participant before the first words are spoken!Being a good group facilitator means more than simply knowing your subject... Continue Reading